Lopez de Heredia – one of the most venerable producers in Spain – produces traditional, age-worthy Rioja. Their wines are legendary and still made the way they were when the winery was founded over 130 years ago. Following a tradition that has been passed down through generations, their wines are released at least 5-10 years after the harvest, which provides added complexity and elegance to their Crianzas and Gran Reservas.
The 2011 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva reflects a warm and ripe year, and the wine is more evolved and already hints at some caramel and honey. It has a mellow palate without the vibrancy of the 2010 I tasted next to it. This wine matured in used, ancient American oak barrels for six years. 19,000 bottles were filled in November 2019. [93 Points, Luis Gutierrez – July 2022, robertparker.com]